Apr 142014

MOSWNoOtherText“You’ll have trouble dilating.”

- Midwife when told the mother gets tense during pelvic exams.

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Apr 012014

Labor“I didn’t think you’d feel it.”

- Certified Nurse Midwife to mother, after the mother severely startled when the midwife, without speaking, inserted her fingers for a vaginal exam from behind, while the mother, with an epidural, lay on her side away from the midwife.

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Oct 042013

MOSWNoOtherTextBy the way, happy birthday for tomorrow”

- OB/Gyn in the middle of a pap smear, with the speculum still inserted.

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 October 4, 2013  Cervical exam, cervix, Gyn 6 Responses »
Sep 172013

“This is the last time we are going to check you. If you haven’t progressed, you are going to get a cesarean section. I think the baby is too big for you.”

- OB to a mother who had been in labor for 18 hours. When the OB conducted the exam, the baby was found to be crowning.

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 September 17, 2013  Cervical exam, cervix, Cesarean, OB 10 Responses »
Jun 192013

Mother: “I wanted to see if this was normal. There is a lot of pressure on my cervix, more than I’ve ever felt and the baby likes to sleep down there. It’s enough so that I feel like I have to go to the bathroom. Nothing comes out, though. When I wipe it feels like my vagina is bulging out… I know they say pressure is normal but, is this much normal?”

OB: “I don’t know, just lay down and see if it goes away.”

OB on a phone call with first time mother with a high risk pregnancy.

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Jun 172013

“I had to check your cervix during the contraction.” – Midwife when confronted about continuing a vaginal exam when the mother was asking her to stop.

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May 152013

“I will take a bite out of 3:00. How many bites did I get last time?”  - OB/Gyn to woman during a cervical punch biopsy.

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 May 15, 2013  cervix, Gyn, OB 18 Responses »
May 132013

“I’m not responsible for your transport! You are because you agreed to go!” – Midwife to mother who agreed to transport at the insistence of the midwife, who tore the cervix while reducing a cervical lip.

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May 052013

“You can’t have the baby yet. I don’t know how dilated you are.” – Midwife to mother who stated the baby was coming.

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May 032013

“I can’t do this, you’re too small and tight, come in after you lose your virginity.” – OB/Gyn to a lesbian woman at her first pap.  The woman was not also not a virgin.

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